The CRA announced updates to the eligibility criteria for Canada’s Disability Tax Credit (DTC) on June 23. As of June 23, the criteria for mental functions and life-sustaining therapy will be expanded to better reflect the realities of people living with a disability.
As a result of these measures, more families and people living with disabilities will qualify for the DTC. The DTC also opens the door to related benefit programs linked to DTC eligibility, such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and Canada Worker’s Benefit (CWB), both which provide important financial relief.
The updated criteria will make it easier for individuals to be assessed and give more eligible people access to the DTC and other benefits.
The major changes include:

Disability tax credit (DTC) Eligible individuals with a disability or their supporting family member may claim $8,662 per year as a non-refundable tax credit. Persons under 18 years of age at the end of the year may also be eligible for an additional amount of up to $5,053 per year. For more information about the DTC, go to
The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists persons with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. It supports persons with disabilities in overcoming barriers to participation in the Canadian labour market, and it supports employers to hire persons with disabilities. This program supports a wide range of programs and services, including job search supports, pre-employability services, wage subsidies, work placements and employer awareness initiatives to encourage employers to hire persons with disabilities. The Opportunities Fund is delivered across the country by Service Canada Centres, in partnership with organizations in the community.
For more information please visit Employment and social development Canada

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder than can occur after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It causes intense fear, helplessness or horror. It is described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. The symptoms of PTSD often surface within three months of the traumatic event that caused it but can also surface years later.
PTSD has become a global health issue and the prevalence of it is gaining awareness. In Canada, between 1.1 and 3.5 per cent of the general population is thought to have PTSD. 
For more information check this link
Provides personalized, flexible disability supports for persons with disabilities in the development of their personal disability support plans. It allows for the provision of independent facilitation and the use of person-centered approaches to planning and designing disability supports.
You may qualify for this program if:
- You are a resident of New Brunswick
- You are 19 to 64 years of age
- You have a long term disability (this does not include a medical condition that does not result in long term disability or services required to address drug, alcohol, nicotine or gambling addictions).

Yesterday, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, reintroduced legislation in the House of Commons that would establish the framework for a new Canada Disability Benefit. If approved by Parliament, the Canada Disability Benefit will become an important part of Canada’s social safety net, alongside Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement and the Canada Child Benefit.
You can view the Bill at this link
The press release is available at this link
Disability Awareness Week (DAW) continues the tradition of National Access Awareness Week first established in 1988 to promote better community access for people with disabilities. In 1998, a decision was made in New Brunswick to continue celebrating an annual awareness week but with a new name to ensure that all issues related to persons with a disability could be promoted. The main goal of DAW is to raise public awareness of existing barriers that prevent citizens with disabilities from full and equal participation in all aspects of their community and what may be done to correct these problems. We also want to celebrate examples of best practices and advancements made towards full inclusion for citizens with disabilities.
This year's campaign theme is “Adapt – Improvise – Overcome!” For more information please visit the sites:         Neilsquire
Federal Budget 2022 commits a $20 million investment to the Ready, Willing, and Able program (RWA). RWA is a national employment program jointly sponsored by Inclusion Canada and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) for persons with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum. This 3-year investment by the Government of Canada will enable RWA to expand its work until March 2025 with employers and community agencies to generate employment opportunities for people with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum.
For more information, please check this link
Just as Canadians are experiencing pandemic fatigue after two long years, research suggests that Canadians may also be experiencing “empathy fatigue.” The latest survey conducted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and UBC researchers, Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health, shows that feelings of empathy have eroded over the course of the pandemic, with only 13% of Canadians feeling empathetic, down markedly since the onset of the pandemic (from 23%).
Empathy is the ability to understand another’s perspective and feelings.
“The decline in empathy that we are seeing is concerning,” says Margaret Eaton, National CEO, CMHA. “If we are to resolve our conflicts in relationships, in society and globally, we need to understand one another, even when we don’t agree.”
For more information please visit CMHA website
The Mobility and Adaptive Equipment Loan Program loans specific mobility and adaptive equipment to eligible clients of the Department to support them in the performance of their activities of daily living and enable them to live and be cared for safely.

Equipment may be loaned through the Recycling Program, which is jointly administered with Easter Seals NB, or it may be purchased to loan when recycled equipment is not available.

Cost limits exist for most equipment to ensure that the program operates as cost-effectively as possible. Therefore only basic and/or functional medical needs can be addressed and equipment can only be exchanged when it is no longer safe or medically appropriate.

“I can relate.”
It’s a familiar expression and one you’ve likely used countless times throughout the pandemic. When someone has been sick or stressed, felt lonely or lost their job. You say it without having to think: “I get it. I’ve been there. I can relate.”
But did you know that, hiding in these very simple sentences, is a sophisticated skill you may not even realize you have? Psychologists and researchers call it empathy. And it’s not just for therapists or counsellors. Empathy is the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in their situation. It’s a simple concept, but it may be the very thing we humans need most.
For more information, please visit the Canadian Mental Health Association

In recognition of the CMHA Mental Health Week May 2 - 8, 2022, CPHR Atlantic and CPHR Saskatchewan are proud to partner with Howatt HR Consulting to bring members this complimentary webinar.
There is growing information that workplace mental health is becoming a more significant challenge (e.g., YOY increases in STD/LTD & WCB claims due to mental health). Knowing workers' mental health is a growing concern is not enough. Assuming that simply putting in place programs and policies will be enough to impact is a common mistake.
Complimentary webinar details:
DATE:             May 3rd 2022
TIME:             3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
For registration